Since I didn’t have to be at the court house until 9:00, I went to the gym beforehand and ran at an easy 4.5 pace for 40 minutes. Wow, just taking the long weekend off of exercising really makes a difference. I had plenty of time to work out too, but just didn’t. And since our computer was shut down because of storms, I didn’t track any points – which I realized I probably ate too much when I entered my points in for yesterday. 😦 My pre-workout snack was an arnold thin with 1 tsp. of peanut butter – 6 PointsPlus.
It took me about 30 minutes to get to the Courthouse from the gym. Good old Woodstock, Illinois!
When I got to the Courthouse I was hungry, so I ate 1/2 of a Jimmy John’s sandwich that was leftover from the day before. Um, not necessarily the breakfast of champions!
I really had no idea what to expect yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I could bring in my own food and drink. About 120 people are pooled into a large room. A Sheriff came in to talk to us about safety and while beverages are okay to bring in, not to bring in any alcohol – apparently jurors have done that in the past. Oh, and not to bring in any drugs – yep, jurors have been arrested before even serving for having drugs on them!
Then the judge came in and explained the whole process. I mean to the point where she explained the difference between a plaintiff and a defendant. And then we waited. A jury trial was scheduled for the morning, 30 names were called, and they left the room. By 11:30, they let us go to lunch – I didn’t have to be back until 1:00!
There is a downtown historic square in Woodstock that has shops and restaurants and a bakery. As I was driving there I saw this sign:
Yep, the farmers market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
There isn’t a whole lot of produce yet because it’s only May, but plenty of flowers, plants and other products, like honey and salad dressings. I ended up buying 8 dinner rolls from a bakery and a bag of fresh spinach. I looked around to see what my lunch options were, and saw a Greek restaurant that had a sign in the window “chicken kabob, $2.99.”
It was delicious, however there was a bit of butter on the pita bread – but the meat was seasoned nicely and favor tender. I ate 3/4 of this and am counting it at 9 PointsPlus. I sat on a bench in the square and listened to live folk music while I ate – it was delightful!
After walking around some more, I had to head back to the Courthouse. I got a little turned around, so I put the Courthouse into my phone GPS, and was happy that as it directed me back to where I needed to go, I passed right by the house from Groundhog Day with Bill Murray!
It’s weird because there was this giant house on a big lot, and then just regular residential houses all around it.
So back in the jury room, I am picked with 29 other people to be a possible juror in a DUI case. My name was never called, but I heard the same questions asked of potential jurors for nearly 3 hours, and the Courtroom was freezing. I am what’s called a Petit juror, which means I offer my services for a full week. Since this is a short week, chances are I won’t have to go back. For example, there were no jury trials scheduled for today, and its rare to start a trial on a Thursday or Friday. I still have to call after 5:00 to see if I am needed tomorrow.
So with my schedule so out of whack, I don’t have much of a plan this week. Going into dinner I only had 6 points left, but that didn’t stop me from having a cheddar brat, corn on the cob and grilled asparagus! I loves me a cheddar brat. 😀
So dinner came in at 11 points. Oh, but I didn’t stop there! Over the weekend I made some shortbread to make strawberry shortcake. I finally put it together for dessert last night, um, with some vanilla ice cream? Dessert was 8 points. So it’s not all lost – its Wednesday, I am ready to get back to my routine and make good choices. Sometimes life gets in the way, but I am focused again – whew!
Some pictures from the long weekend – I may have found my new summer beer:
When I first picked up the lemon beer, I misread it and thought it was going to be like a 64 calorie Mike’s hard lemonade – but this is still good – and even better with a fresh lemon slice. And I think this still qualifies as a one point beer!
Tony did a great job with our lawn as always. In 10 years we’ve lived here I’ve only cut the lawn twice – apparently I don’t mow very straight and miss a lot of spots – which stinks because using a riding mower is fun!
Our dog Ed just loves hanging out outside. 😀
So we tried our hands at smoking baby back ribs on Memorial Day. I started the smoker around 3 in the afternoon, got the coals hot, then put the ribs on the upper rack with apple wood chips. We maintained the heat at around 225 for three hours – check out the how the smoked ribs looked after three hours!
Then we put them on the closest grate next to the coals and added K.C. Masterpiece bbq sauce – so good. The smoke flavor brings them to a whole new flavor level.
Stats for Tuesday:
- 40 minute treadmill run, 4.5 mph
- 40 minute leisure walking around village square
- 42 points
- average blood sugar ??
Alright, I am off to make a healthy breakfast and lunch today – this week is going by fast since its already Wednesday – which is another Hanging with Hannah Day! We might go to a movie tonight at the Catlow theater in Barrington – its an old movie theater that only shows one movie at a time, and they are showing Water with Elephants with Reese Witherspoon. Did anyone see that movie? Was it good?